The median contractor rate for a Senior Test Engineer was £384 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Senior Test Engineer
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 587 616 631
Rank change year-on-year +29 +15  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Test Engineer 23 38 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.049% 0.070% 0.020%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.052% 0.074% 0.021%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 29 6
Median daily rate £384 £425 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.70% +28.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £243 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £500 £383
UK excluding London median daily rate £378 £378 £365
% change year-on-year - +3.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Senior Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior Test Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Senior Test Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Test Engineer over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Test Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Top 20 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +2 16 £400 -5.88% 9
East of England - 7 £450 - 1
Cambridge - 6 - -
Cambridgeshire - 6 - - 1
South West +3 4 £388 +47.61% 1
London -12 4 £450 +5.88% 5
Wales - 4 £393 -
South Wales - 4 £393 -
Scotland +36 3 £350 -1.40%
Somerset - 3 £376 -
Taunton - 3 £376 -
City of London -4 2 £475 +11.76% 1
Caerphilly - 2 £410 -
Glasgow - 2 £363 -
Cardiff - 1 £325 -
Watford - 1 £450 -
Birmingham - 1 £375 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £450 -
Edinburgh - 1 £350 -
West Midlands - 1 £375 -

Senior Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, Senior Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Senior Test Engineer in the job title.

1 41 (89.13%) Test Automation
2 28 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (45.65%) Python
4 20 (43.48%) Scrum
5 17 (36.96%) Java
6 15 (32.61%) Linux
7 12 (26.09%) Jenkins
8 11 (23.91%) Git (software)
8 11 (23.91%) Selenium
8 11 (23.91%) Perl
9 10 (21.74%) SQL
9 10 (21.74%) Bugzilla
9 10 (21.74%) JSON
9 10 (21.74%) Exploratory Testing
10 9 (19.57%) REST
10 9 (19.57%) WebDriver
10 9 (19.57%) BDD
11 8 (17.39%) SoapUI
11 8 (17.39%) Requirements Management
11 8 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (17.39%) PostgreSQL
11 8 (17.39%) Finance
11 8 (17.39%) Subversion
11 8 (17.39%) MySQL
12 7 (15.22%) C#
12 7 (15.22%) Web Services
12 7 (15.22%) WLAN
12 7 (15.22%) Banking
12 7 (15.22%) QA
12 7 (15.22%) JIRA

Senior Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.17%) Apache
1 1 (2.17%) Apache Spark
1 1 (2.17%) CMS
1 1 (2.17%) Confluence
1 1 (2.17%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (4.35%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.17%) GitHub
1 1 (2.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (15.22%) WLAN
2 6 (13.04%) Wi-Fi
3 4 (8.70%) Internet
3 4 (8.70%) Wireless
4 3 (6.52%) Bluetooth
4 3 (6.52%) Ethernet
5 1 (2.17%) DHCP
5 1 (2.17%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (17.39%) MySQL
1 8 (17.39%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (13.04%) SQL Server
3 3 (6.52%) Hadoop
4 2 (4.35%) Big Data
4 2 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (4.35%) KDB
5 1 (2.17%) HBase
5 1 (2.17%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 12 (26.09%) Jenkins
2 11 (23.91%) Git (software)
2 11 (23.91%) Selenium
3 10 (21.74%) Bugzilla
4 9 (19.57%) WebDriver
5 8 (17.39%) SoapUI
5 8 (17.39%) Subversion
6 7 (15.22%) JIRA
7 5 (10.87%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (6.52%) Rational DOORS
8 3 (6.52%) Rational Rhapsody
8 3 (6.52%) SpecFlow
8 3 (6.52%) TeamCity
9 2 (4.35%) Cucumber
9 2 (4.35%) JUnit
9 2 (4.35%) TestRail
10 1 (2.17%) JMeter
10 1 (2.17%) LoadRunner
10 1 (2.17%) NUnit
10 1 (2.17%) Selenium IDE
General
1 8 (17.39%) Finance
2 7 (15.22%) Banking
3 1 (2.17%) Front Office
3 1 (2.17%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.17%) Retail
3 1 (2.17%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (21.74%) JSON
2 9 (19.57%) REST
3 7 (15.22%) Web Services
4 1 (2.17%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.17%) HTML
4 1 (2.17%) HTML5
4 1 (2.17%) Kafka
4 1 (2.17%) Middleware
4 1 (2.17%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.22%) Linux Command Line
2 6 (13.04%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (6.52%) Internet of Things
4 2 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.35%) Computer Science
4 2 (4.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (2.17%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.17%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (2.17%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 15 (32.61%) Linux
2 4 (8.70%) Windows
3 1 (2.17%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (89.13%) Test Automation
2 28 (60.87%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (43.48%) Scrum
4 10 (21.74%) Exploratory Testing
5 9 (19.57%) BDD
6 8 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (17.39%) Requirements Management
7 7 (15.22%) Continuous Delivery
7 7 (15.22%) Manual Testing
8 6 (13.04%) Software Testing
8 6 (13.04%) TDD
9 5 (10.87%) E-Commerce
9 5 (10.87%) Test Planning
10 4 (8.70%) Continuous Deployment
10 4 (8.70%) Software Engineering
10 4 (8.70%) Test Scripting
11 3 (6.52%) ATDD
11 3 (6.52%) Continuous Improvement
11 3 (6.52%) Test Management
11 3 (6.52%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 21 (45.65%) Python
2 17 (36.96%) Java
3 11 (23.91%) Perl
4 10 (21.74%) SQL
5 7 (15.22%) C#
6 3 (6.52%) JavaScript
6 3 (6.52%) Tcl
7 1 (2.17%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (4.35%) Degree
1 2 (4.35%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.17%) ISEB
2 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (2.17%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (15.22%) QA
System Software
1 5 (10.87%) Firmware
2 1 (2.17%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 7 (15.22%) CA Agile Central
2 6 (13.04%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.52%) IBM
4 2 (4.35%) Oracle
4 2 (4.35%) Teradata